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British Columbia Coastal Waterbird Survey

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British Columbia Coastal Waterbird Survey

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British Columbia’s coastlines are of international importance for waterbirds. During winter, vast numbers of loons, grebes, cormorants, herons, swans, geese, ducks, shorebirds, and gulls can be found feeding and roosting in bays and estuaries, and along the rocky intertidal beaches of the BC coast. With increasing pressure from development and human population expansion, long-term data on the abundance and distribution of waterbird species is required to monitor and track changes in waterbird populations and habitat use.

The data collected by volunteers helps to assess annual changes and long-term trends in population size and distribution of BC’s coastal waterbirds. To collect data that contribute to population estimates of coastal waterbird species in BC. To advance understanding of BC coastal waterbird ecology, and the effects of human activity.

Anyone who can identify coastal waterbird species in their area can participate in this important program!

WHAT

Help collect long-term data on the abundance and distribution of waterbird species and monitor and track changes in waterbird populations and habitat use.

HOW

Count waterbirds at specific locations along the BC coast each month

WHERE (LAND) 

North America

WHERE (SEA) 

North Pacific Ocean

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GOOD TO KNOW

In 1999, Birds Canada began the BC Coastal Waterbird Survey which aims to address information gaps and coordinate the efforts of people who care about waterbirds in British Columbia.

RUN BY

Birds Canada

SUITABLE FOR

Intermediate

PARTICIPANT LOCATION

Coast/Beach, Inshore (<12nm)

PROJECT SOCIALS 

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THE BC COASTAL WATERBIRD SURVEY PROVIDES REWARDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF COASTAL HABITATS AND WATERBIRDS. THE DATA THEY COLLECT DIRECTLY SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA’S WATERBIRDS.

Larissa Clark Co-Founder Free Range Ocean

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